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Deep Haven, Minnesota community pulling together for young mom with mbc

October 7, 2014

By Deep Haven (MN) Life

Team Judy is a band of friends who got to know each other as many friends do--with children in school together or homes in the same neighborhood. They shared ideas on best parenting practices. They volunteered. They worked hard to make their schools and
their community a better place, and not just for their own children.

They fought for referendums and created pilot programs in our district. Using their skills, and savvy, and being stronger for having each other, there was nothing that this group could not manage. At times it seems these women could run a small country. Today, they are facing a whole new set of challenges.

Judy Erdahl grew up in a lot of places, and says that she wanted to stay in a place where she can be part of a community. Where her life and her work will contribute something, and make a difference.

Judy currently has Stage Four Breast Cancer. There is no Stage Five. If you want to get this group riled up, talk to them about Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Joani Gudeman, breast cancer activist, dies at 50

August 28, 2014

By chicago Tribune

Joani Gudeman, a psychotherapist, immersed herself into activities with the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network after being diagnosed with the disease.

She served on the organization's board, helped plan three of its annual conferences and edited a series of first-person stories by those living with the disease.

The STAR treatment: South Jordan woman fighting cancer in unique ways

May 15, 2014

By Wendy Leonard, Utah Deseret News

SOUTH JORDAN — Michelle Thompson is knee-deep into stage 4 cancer, but you wouldn't know it from looking at her.

Her silver-blonde hair and sparkling blue eyes are just as bright as they were prior to the presumably devastating diagnosis in early 2013.

"I have this cancer that is supposed to mean a long, slow decline, but, all of a sudden, I'm feeling better," Thompson said. "I am reversing a no-reversible trend, and that sort of thing makes you happy."

It helps, too, that she's pushing herself to be better every day, including employing a newly FDA-approved procedure that eliminates her most hearty source of pain — tumors that dot her radiation-plagued broken spine.

Approximately 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer every year, and two-thirds will develop bone metastasis, with the spine being the most common site, according to the International Journal of Surgical Oncology. The painful spine tumors are particularly prevalent in breast cancer patients, like Thompson.


January 22, 2014

By Katherine O'Brien, ihatebreastcancer.wordpress.com blog

Last week’s Keller/Adams social media controversy inspired countless blog posts, print articles and editorials. Like remoras to a shark, everyone hustled to attach themselves to this issue.

Whatever it takes

January 9, 2014

By Cure Today Guest Blogger

Do whatever it takes to keep going.

And that includes ignoring guilt about not being the perfect parent and nasty looks from people who think such a creature exists. As a wife and mom living with cancer, I have started applying the whatever it takes theory to other areas of my life as well. While a "normal person" might say he/she has a lot on their plate, some of us have plates the size of a turkey platter. My day to day can be pretty heavy, so I give myself a pass on the little things like laundry to fold or dishes to wash.

Metastatic Disease Demanding More Attention

December 14, 2013

By Cure Magazine, Kathy LaTour

A number of the presentations at this year's San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium addressed metastatic breast cancer – when the disease has left the breast and moved to other parts of the body.

Living with breast cancer when there's no cure

December 7, 2013

By Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

When Ginny Knackmuhs beat early-stage breast cancer and had routine checkups during the years that followed, she thought the disease was behind her. But in 2009, she was shocked to receive another diagnosis of breast cancer. This time it was metastatic, the most advanced kind.

Carol Weinbrom

October 28, 2013

By AACR Cancer Progress Report

I am in my 12th year of treatment for metastatic breast cancer. Although I have been in treatment constantly since my diagnosis, I have lived, and continue to live, a full and productive life. In 2012, I had my tumor genetically profiled. This empowered me. It enables me to search for clinical trials of new drugs that might keep me alive with minimal toxicity so that I can continue enjoying life.

Putting the realities of cancer into words Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/10/27/2836432/putting-the-realiti

October 27, 2013

By Idaho Statesman, Chad Estes

Four Idaho women share their stories — and the difficulties — of coping with metastatic breast cancer

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/10/27/2836432/putting-the-realities-of-cancer.html#storylink=cpy

It is the end of October, what some cancer patients refer to as Breast Cancer In Your Face Month. We’ve seen pink everywhere — including beer cans, T-shirts and NFL players’ sweat towels and socks.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/10/27/2836432/putting-the-realities-of-cancer.html#storylink=cpy

Survivor spirit: Summerlin mom makes most of life after Stage 4 breast cancer

October 4, 2013

By Jan Hogan , Las Vegas Review-Journal

Maura Bivens does not like December, not since 2007. December is when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer.

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